PSL 8: Zaman Khan becomes hero of 'Zinda Dilan-e-Lahore'

Zaman defended 13 runs in last over

By Web Desk
March 18, 2023
Zaman Khan celebrates Lahore Qalandars' PSL 8 title victory - PCB

Lahore Qalandars' pacer Zaman Khan once again proved himself a death-over specialist as he defended 13 runs in match-deciding over to help his team successfully defend their Pakistan Super League (PSL) title. 

Shaheen Shah Afridi showed full confident in Zaman once again after they needed to defend just 13 runs in last over to win PSL 8 final at Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday. 

Zaman gave just 11 runs including a boundary to hand Lahore a nail-biting one-run victory. 

The right-arm pacer won the hearts of Lahore's fans who praised the youngster for bowling exceptionally well in the last over. 

Abbas Afridi and Khushdil Shah charged Haris Rauf in the second last over when Multan needed 35 off 12 balls. Haris was smashed for 22 runs, putting Lahore's chances to defend the title in danger. Abbas was phenomenal with the bat as he smashed 17 off just six balls. 

Earlier, it were Shaheen and Abdullah Shafique who led Lahore to 200-6 after taking them out from a difficult situation. 

Lahore's captain Shaheen played an exceptional knock to help his team keep title-defense hopes alive. Shaheen scored 44 off 15 balls and also partnered with Abdullah Shafique for match-turning partnership. They scored quick 66 runs in 27 balls to help Lahore set Multan a daunting target of 201 runs.

Abdullah also played a sensible knock. He scored 65 runs off 40 balls including eight boundaries and two maximums.

After a brisk start, where Lahore scored 34 runs in the first three overs, opener Tahir Baig was dismissed by Ihsanullah with a sharp short ball. The right-hander scored 30 runs in 18 balls.

The wicket, coupled with some good bowling, helped Multan stem the flow of runs as Lahore reached 82-1 at the halfway mark.

Fakhar Zaman and Abdullah Shafique added 57 runs in 38 balls for the second wicket but, just when they decided to increase the rate of scoring, Multan dismantled the batting side's plans with four quick wickets.